The Principal

Overview

An impulsive but determined white principal brings order and respect to a predominantly African-American and Latino high school in this comedy-drama from the director of Young Guns and That Was Then, This Is Now. Rick Latimer (James Belushi), a high-school teacher, is in the process of a divorce when he sees his estranged wife at a bar having drinks with her attorney. Drunk and enraged, he smashes the guy's car up and receives a reprimand from the school board -- a new job as principal at rough-and-tumble Brandel...
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Overview

An impulsive but determined white principal brings order and respect to a predominantly African-American and Latino high school in this comedy-drama from the director of Young Guns and That Was Then, This Is Now. Rick Latimer (James Belushi), a high-school teacher, is in the process of a divorce when he sees his estranged wife at a bar having drinks with her attorney. Drunk and enraged, he smashes the guy's car up and receives a reprimand from the school board -- a new job as principal at rough-and-tumble Brandel High. Security guard Jake Phillips (Louis Gossett Jr.) is soon teaching his new boss the ropes, but Rick isn't willing to accept the violent and drug-ridden status quo. With a two-word motto -- "No More!" -- he sets about cleaning out the riff-raff, also taking time out to tutor students and get to know Jake. But when chief thug Victor (Michael Wright) refuses to back down, the violence escalates. Eventually, Victor's vengeance threatens the lives of steely history teacher Hilary Orozco (Rae Dawn Chong) -- and Rick himself. Kelly Minter, who plays one of Brandel High's troubled students, portrayed a dyslexic in the similarly themed Summer School the same year The Principal was released. Screenwriter Frank Deese would go on to write the Corey Haim/Corey Feldman vehicle License to Drive.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/7/2010
  • UPC: 014381688924
  • Original Release: 1987
  • Rating:

  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:50:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 23,589

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jim Belushi Rick Latimer
Louis Gossett Jr. Jake Phillips
Rae Dawn Chong Hilary Orozco
Michael Wright Victor Duncan
J.J. Cohen "White Zac"
Esai Morales Raymi Rojas
Troy Winbush "Baby" Emile
Jacob Vargas Arturo Diego
Tommy Ryan Robert Darcy
Reggie Johnson Jojo
Kelly Minter Treena Lester
Mark Anger Desk Officer
Ann Armour Mrs. Ripton
Sean Allen Barnes Rolf
Ruth Beckford Mrs. Jenkins
Steve W. Birger Stevie B.
Julian Brooks Kevin
Tom Bryant Chocked Teacher
Jeffrey Jay Cohen White Zac
Terry Coleman Student
Frank Deese Mr. Petersen
Gus Dimas Gus
Leo Downey George Pierce
Richard Duppell Buddy
Peter Fitzsimmons Buddy
Joe Flood Terhune
Zoltan Gray P.E. Teacher
James Edward Griffin Gang Student
Rick Hamilton Mr. Hanley
Tony Haney Police Officer
Melissa Lee Holloman Student
J.J. Johnston Will
Marshall Jones Gang Memeber
Wood Josh Charles Lester
Kathryn Knotts Jan Buchanan
Danny Kovacs Substitute Teacher
Yuri Lane Lance Woodbury
Delores Mitchell Mrs. Coswell
Martin Pistone Security Guard
Bridgette Rodriguez Girl
Daniel Royal Will
Wat Takeshita Maintenance Man
Sharon Thomas Kimberly
Joan Valderrama Secretary
Elliott S. Valderrama Drug Dealer
Joel Valentin Kid
John Allen Vick Frank Valdis
Nemon Wade Student
Doug White Eric
Danny Williams Dangerous Danny
David Williams Gang Student
Eural Wills Student
Jessica Wilson Girl
Tom Winston Principal O'Connor
Bill Yarbrough Randall
Luis Zuno Student
Technical Credits
Christopher Cain Director
Arthur Albert Cinematographer
Steven E. Anderson Makeup
Charles Balazs Makeup
Jellybean Benitez Musical Direction/Supervision
Mark Billerman Art Director
Thomas H. Brodek Producer
Rick Brown Set Decoration/Design
Everett Creach Stunts
James T. Davis Production Designer, Production Manager
Marianna Astrom De Fina Costumes/Costume Designer
Frank Deese Screenwriter
John Fusco III Screenwriter
Andy Goldmark Songwriter
Paul Gordon Songwriter
Jay Gruska Score Composer, Songwriter
Jack Hofstra Editor
Jon Lind Songwriter
Penny Perry Casting
David Pier Special Effects
Bruce Roberts Songwriter
Brent Swift Production Designer
Andy Wiskes Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [5:58]
2. Principal Position [3:27]
3. Brandel High School [3:04]
4. Welcoming Party [3:22]
5. Resort Tour [1:33]
6. Jake Phillips [6:02]
7. Raymi Rojas [2:20]
8. Teachers' Lounge [1:04]
9. "Two Words: No More" [3:48]
10. "This Is My School" [1:52]
11. Exchange Window [1:44]
12. The Security Force [2:33]
13. Hilary Orozco's Class [4:17]
14. Staff Meeting [3:16]
15. "Don't Drop Out" [2:54]
16. Victor Sends a Message [5:32]
17. Bat Man Strikes [2:38]
18. What Jake's Afraid Of [4:10]
19. Hot for Teacher [7:03]
20. Substitue Teacher [2:04]
21. "I Can't Read Alien" [4:06]
22. Ricky & the Wuss [4:25]
23. Hanging With Emile [3:10]
24. Latimer's Soliloquy [2:33]
25. "You're a Dead Man!" [6:52]
26. Hilary Returns [8:51]
27. The Girls' Showers [5:48]
28. Victor Goes Down [5:31]
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Menu

Side #1 --
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   Audio Set Up
      English
      French (Français)
   Subtitles
      English
      French (Français)
      Portuguese (Português)
      Spanish (Español)
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